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Forest Green Rovers 0-2 Scunthorpe: Rovers investigate report of racist abuse

Jordan Clarke in action for Scunthorpe
The alleged racist abuse was directed at Scunthorpe defender Jordan Clarke

Forest Green Rovers are investigating a report of racist abuse directed at a Scunthorpe United player during Saturday's game at the New Lawn.

The match, which Scunthorpe went on to win 2-0, was temporarily stopped by referee John Busby, who spoke to managers Mark Cooper and Paul Hurst.

A stadium announcement was relayed to the crowd in the wake of the incident.

Rovers said a "single fan" was being investigated for comments directed at Scunthorpe player Jordan Clarke.

In a statement on Twitter, the high-flying League Two club added: "We do not tolerate racism, and the ongoing investigation will end with a lifetime ban if found guilty."

Scunthorpe manager Hurst said Clarke had not heard the alleged abuse himself, with comments being reported to the fourth official before being brought to the attention of referee Busby.

The Iron boss also added that there had not been any discussion about players walking off the pitch in response.

"Jordan hadn't heard the comment, it was aimed at him but my understanding at the time was that he hadn't heard the comment so therefore they didn't feel it necessary to take players off," Hurst told BBC Radio Humberside.

"It (racism in football) is something that is getting a hell of a lot of press, and rightly so, and can't be in the game."

Hurst said he was "disappointed" by the incident but also praised Rovers for their handling of the situation.

"Forest Green have been very good afterwards and during the game with what they could control," he continued.

"They have wanted to deal with this and that is all you can ask for. It was made clear it was one fan and is not a criticism of Forest Green Rovers as a football club at all."

Gilliead & Eisa fire Iron to victory

Earlier, Scunthorpe had stretched their winning streak to five games with fine second-half strikes from Alex Gilliead and Abo Eisa after Forest Green striker Matty Stevens had missed the chance to put his side ahead from the penalty spot.

Rovers dominated a dour first half punctuated by a moment of succinct fluidity - Liam Shephard and Jack Aitchison traded passes for Farrend Rawson to arrow in a strike which Rory McArdle cleared off the line in the 19th minute.

Rovers looked sure to break the deadlock but Stevens contrived to lift the ball over Jake Eastwood and on to the top of the crossbar with 29 minutes on the clock.

Scunthorpe eventually broke the stalemate in the just before the hour. Gilliead was afforded time and space to run unopposed and slam the ball beyond Lewis Thomas from the edge of the box.

Eisa made it 2-0 with a fierce 25-yard drive that flew into the top corner as the Iron upstaged the hosts on a controversial day despite finishing a man down with Levi Sutton sent off for a second yellow card in stoppage time.

Match details supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Forest Green

  • 24Thomas
  • 3BernardBooked at 45minsSubstituted forMcGinleyat 45'minutes
  • 6Rawson
  • 5Mills
  • 2Shephard
  • 14Adams
  • 7Winchester
  • 18DawsonSubstituted forMondalat 69'minutes
  • 20Kitching
  • 9Stevens
  • 29AitchisonSubstituted forCollinsat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Grubb
  • 10Collins
  • 13Wollacott
  • 15Morton
  • 19McGinley
  • 25Mondal
  • 28Taylor

Scunthorpe

  • 25Eastwood
  • 2Clarke
  • 26McGaheyBooked at 48mins
  • 23McArdle
  • 3NtlheBooked at 75mins
  • 20Gilliead
  • 14PerchBooked at 5mins
  • 22SuttonBooked at 90mins
  • 30Eisa
  • 10van VeenBooked at 9minsSubstituted forProctorat 90'minutes
  • 17NovakBooked at 41mins

Substitutes

  • 1Watson
  • 6Butler
  • 12Dales
  • 13Ward
  • 28Brown
  • 33Proctor
  • 45McAtee
Referee:
John Busby
Attendance:
2,060

Match Stats

Home TeamForest GreenAway TeamScunthorpe
Possession
Home62%
Away38%
Shots
Home12
Away7
Shots on Target
Home5
Away4
Corners
Home5
Away3
Fouls
Home13
Away24

Live Text

Match ends, Forest Green Rovers 0, Scunthorpe United 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Forest Green Rovers 0, Scunthorpe United 2.

Corner, Forest Green Rovers. Conceded by Jake Eastwood.

Attempt saved. Matt Mills (Forest Green Rovers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt blocked. Liam Kitching (Forest Green Rovers) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Nathan McGinley.

Attempt blocked. Liam Shephard (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Forest Green Rovers. Conceded by Jordan Clarke.

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Levi Sutton (Scunthorpe United) for a bad foul.

Nathan McGinley (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Levi Sutton (Scunthorpe United).

Foul by Matt Stevens (Forest Green Rovers).

Rory McArdle (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Liam Kitching (Forest Green Rovers) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Aaron Collins with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Forest Green Rovers. Conceded by Jake Eastwood.

Attempt saved. Farrend Rawson (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Aaron Collins with a cross.

Corner, Forest Green Rovers. Conceded by Kgosi Ntlhe.

Substitution

Substitution, Scunthorpe United. Jamie Proctor replaces Kevin van Veen.

Foul by Ebou Adams (Forest Green Rovers).

Lee Novak (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Carl Winchester (Forest Green Rovers).

Kevin van Veen (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Carl Winchester (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kevin van Veen (Scunthorpe United).

Corner, Scunthorpe United. Conceded by Lewis Thomas.

Attempt saved. Lee Novak (Scunthorpe United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Kevin van Veen.

Foul by Nathan McGinley (Forest Green Rovers).

Alex Gilliead (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Ebou Adams (Forest Green Rovers).

Rory McArdle (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Ebou Adams (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Kevin van Veen (Scunthorpe United).

Ebou Adams (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Alex Gilliead (Scunthorpe United).

Attempt saved. Liam Shephard (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Nathan McGinley (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by James Perch (Scunthorpe United).

Booking

Kgosi Ntlhe (Scunthorpe United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Junior Mondal (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Kgosi Ntlhe (Scunthorpe United).

Substitution

Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Aaron Collins replaces Jack Aitchison.

goal

As It Stood

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12Newport187651715227
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